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How to Get the Most Out of Your New Crown

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If you’ve recently gotten your first crown or replaced an old one, there are specific steps you can take to help it last as long as possible. With great care, your oral health investment will be functional for many years to come.  Floss Your Crown Daily The margins around your new crown need to be kept very clean. Brush them as you would your natural teeth, but floss them daily too. When done properly, flossing will not pull your crown off. However, not flossing could cause your crown to come out prematurely.  To floss around a crown, gently slip the … Continue reading

Four Fast Smile Makeover Options

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Have you decided to treat yourself to a smile you feel more comfortable about showing off?  There are a number of cosmetic dental treatment options that we offer our Port Melbourne patients. Here are four of the fastest and effective choices to consider:   Teeth Whitening One of the best ways to enhance the appearance of your smile is to elect to whiten your teeth. Both professional and over the counter products are effective, depending on the type of results that you’re looking for. Whitening is perfect as a stand-alone “smile makeover” or to jump-start a more complex cosmetic treatment … Continue reading

How to Clean Your Implant Supported Dental Bridge

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An implant supported dental bridge is a fixed restoration used to replace missing teeth.  A traditional dental bridge uses your natural teeth as anchors.  But if you have several missing teeth, then our Port Melbourne dentist may recommend one that uses implants as the anchors.  An implant is placed within the bone to serve as an artificial root.  A crown, or in this case, a bridge, is then attached to it. With implants, there is no natural tooth to decay, but they can lose bone support if not cared for properly.  Since dental implants are placed directly in the bone, … Continue reading

Gum Disease Symptoms and Treatment

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Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease causes more adult tooth loss than cavities do? Our Port Melbourne dentists are committed to helping you and your family reduce the risk of gum disease and save your smile through therapeutic and preventative techniques. Signs to Look For The following symptoms are all classic signs of an active periodontal infection. Gums that are swollen and tender Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth Receding gumlines (“long teeth”) Tooth sensitivity or mobility Soreness when you chew Bad breath Problems with food getting stuck between teeth Visible tartar buildup and staining across the … Continue reading

Benefits of Dental Veneers

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Are you hoping to boost your appearance and self-esteem by investing in dental veneers? These porcelain cosmetic treatments can drastically transform the way your smile looks and feels, in as little as two or three appointments. What are Veneers? Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain. We design each one to fit snuggly over your front teeth, to change their shape, size, and colour. When might someone want to consider investing in veneers? Here are just a few reasons: A Faster Alternative to Braces — Sometimes called “instant braces,” dental veneers can mask slightly crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth to … Continue reading